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      March 17, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Flame of Bhakti
      Out of devotion and love he meditates on and worships his Gurudeva; and
      the inner spirit of surrender and worship is reduced to practice, and all his
      activities become one service of his Guru. — BHAVANI SHANKAR


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      March 16, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Flame of Bhakti
      Thou art present in me even in thy absence.
      — IBN AL-FARID

      But one ray of your light and I abound in light,
      But one word from you and I am reborn,
      But one tremor of your eternal life and I am drenched in the dew of childhood.
      — HILLEL ZEITLIN


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      March 8, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Flame of Bhakti

      If it be true that any beautiful thing raises the pure and just desire of man
      from earth to God, the eternal fount of all, such I believe my love.
      — MICHELANGELO

      I sense one Flame, oh Gurudeva, I see countless undetached
      sparks shining in it. — OCCULT CATECHISM


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      March 14, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Flame of Bhakti

      Yielding, devoted, furthering through perseverance; thus the
      Superior Man has a direction for his way of life. — I CHING

      Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of
      science. Truth is what stands the test of experience. — ALBERT EINSTEIN


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      March 13, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Good and Evil

      Neither good nor evil, neither fair nor foul touch him, dwelling ever beyond
      the body, full of the vision of the Eternal. — SHANKARACHARYA

      Spirituality is not what we understand by the words ‘virtue’ and
      ‘goodness’. It is the power of perceiving formless, spiritual essences.
      — Aquarian Axiom


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      March 12, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Good and Evil
      Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

      Truth is the cry of all, but the game of the few. — GEORGE BERKELEY

      The devil is an angel too. — MIGUEL de UNAMUNO


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      March 11, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Good and Evil
      We find that important parts of goodness are at variance with one another
      and that they set at variance the men in whom they predominate. — PLATO


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      March 10, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Good and Evil
      Like the bee, take in little by little, and from good and bad alike, extract
      the essence even as the bee gathers honey. — SHRI KRISHNA

      Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse. — PROVERBS


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      March 9, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Good and Evil
      Evil is often the result of over-anxiety, and men are
      always trying to do too much. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

      Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty
      as is cooperation with good. — M.K. GANDHI


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      March 8, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Good and Evil
      Better be left undone an evil deed; a misdeed torments one hereafter. Better
      is to do a good deed, doing which one does not repent later. — BUDDHA

      Certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the
      destiny of men. — OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES, JR.


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      March 7, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Good and Evil
      Wisdom is the only good, and folly the only evil.
      All other things are indifferent. — PLATO

      Whoso committeth sin committeth it only against himself. — QURAN


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      March 5, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Karma and Compensation

      Grief may be joy misunderstood; Only the Good discerns
      the good. — ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

      Karma, not scientific and technological progress, is the factor in human life
      that produces welfare and happiness, or, alternatively misery and sorrow.
      — ARNOLD TOYNBEE


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      March 4, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Karma and Compensatiion

      Karma is an undeviating and unerring tendency in the Universe to restore
      equilibrium, and it operates incessantly. — Aphorism on Karma

      Karma compels us so long as we do not anticipate the direction of its course
      by intelligence, nor endeavour to divert its flow by self-determination.
      — PAUL BRUNTON


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      March 3, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Karma and Compensation
      The Way of the Creative works through change and transformation, so that
      each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent
      accord with the Great Harmony. — I CHING

      The compensations of calamity are apparent to the understanding
      after long intervals of time. — RALPH WALDO EMERSON


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      March 2, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Karma and Compensation
      We should have been undone, but for our undoing.— THEMISTOCLES

      If you rightly bear your cross, it will bear you. — THOMAS KEMPIS

      A man used to vicissitude is not easily dejected. — SAMUEL JOHNSON


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      March 1, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Karma and Compensation
      There is one eternal Law in nature, one that always tends to adjust
      contraries and to produce final harmony. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

      Misery, sorrow and suffering have a mission. It is usually only the misery
      we bring on ourselves that makes us stop doing wrong, to look round and ask and see what is right. — ROBERT CROSBIE


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      February 29, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Karma and Compensation
      Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business
      better than we do. — MICHEL de MONTAIGNE

      Chafe not at Karma, nor at Nature’s changeless laws. But struggle only
      with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable.
      — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      February 28, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Potency of Tapas

      By constant meditation is kindled the flame of Knowledge which completely
      burns up the fuel of ignorance. — SHANKARACHARYA

      Because Thou lovest the burning ground,
      I have made a burning ground of my heart.
      — Bengali Hymn to Kali


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      February 27, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Mirror
      If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each
      man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
      — HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW


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      February 26, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Potency of Tapas
      True tapas which establishes
      One in the Self supreme is but
      The concentrated bliss of pure awareness
      Silently experienced as Shiva.
      — MURUGANAR

      If suffer we must, let’s suffer on the heights. — VICTOR HUGO


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      February 25, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Potency of Tapas

      Strenuous is the life of a man who is modest, ever seeking purity, detached
      and unassuming, clean in life and clear in vision. — BUDDHA

      Perseverance, dear my lord,
      Keeps honour bright.
      — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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      February 24, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Potency of Tapas

      Thou mayest sculpt thyself into whatever shape
      thou dost prefer. — PICO della MIRANDOLA

      Devotion is the skilled charioteer, selflessness the shield, contentment the
      sword, charity the axe, intelligence the mighty bolt, the elevated mind is the
      awesome bow. A heart, pure and unruffled, is the quiver, whilst the arrows are equality, disciplined life and self-control. — TULSIDAS


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      February 23, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Potency of Tapas

      By truthfulness, indeed, by penance, right knowledge, and abstinence, must
      that Self be gained; the Self whom spotless anchorites gain is pure, and like a light within the body. — MUNDAKA UPANISHAD


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      February 22, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Potency of Tapas

      Labour to keep alive in your breast that little celestial
      fire, called conscience. — GEORGE WASHINGTON

      Each of us takes the limits of our own field of vision for
      the limits of the world. — ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER


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      February 21, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude

      To man, the world is a mirror to see the self. — BHAVANI SHANKAR
      When our sattva nature is purified, when the mirror of our understanding
      is cleansed of the dust of desire, the light of pure consciousness is reflected in it. — S. RADHAKRISHNAN


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      February 20, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Mirror
      Liberty of thought is the life of the soul. — VOLTAIRE

      Poets are the hierophants of unapprehended inspiration; the mirrors of the
      gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present.
      — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY


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      February 19, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Mirror
      Magnetism is intensified and reflected by mirrors,
      just like light. — FRANZ ANTON MESMER


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      February 18, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Mirror

      Seek for wisdom with obeisance, by questioning, and through service; the
      wise who see the Truth will instruct thee in the way of wisdom.
      — SHRI KRISHNA


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      February 17, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Mirror
      I apprehend three attributes, mind, intellect, and love, with which things
      have: first, being, through the mind; next, ordered and distinct being, through the intellect; and third, concord and symmetry, through love.
      — GIORDANO BRUNO

      The act of supplication removes earthly desires from the heart,
      as polishing removes dust from the mirror. — ABBAS EFFENDI


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      In the same manner as man approaches a mirror placed upon a stand,
      beholds in it his own image, so the energy or reflection of Vishnu is never
      disjoined but remains in the Sun as in a mirror that is there stationed.
      — VISHNU PURANA


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      Philosophy is written in this grand book — I mean
      the universe — which stands continually open to our
      gaze. — GALILEO GALILEI
      Those who are really earnest must be willing to be
      anything or nothing in the world’s estimation.
      — SUSAN B. ANTHONY


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      February 14, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude

      The SELF alone is complete, constituting the ultimate refuge,
      self-established and self-dependent. — SHANKARACHARYA

      Keep yourself to yourself. — CHARLES DICKENS


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      February 13, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
      When men have been alone with God, and know,
      This is their tongue’s expression,
      And this their hearts’ confession:
      This ecstasy of joy knits friend and foe
      In common brotherhood,
      Working to common good.
      — HALLAJ


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      February 13, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
      When men have been alone with God, and know,
      This is their tongue’s expression,
      And this their hearts’ confession:
      This ecstasy of joy knits friend and foe
      In common brotherhood,
      Working to common good.
      — HALLAJ


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      February 12, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
      Progress has been much more general than
      retrogression. — CHARLES DARWIN

      In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would
      not willingly be responsible through time and eternity.
      — ABRAHAM LINCOLN


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      February 11, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude

      Having enjoyed the flavour of solitude and the sweetness of tranquility, he
      becomes untroubled and stainless, imbibing the taste of devotion to the
      dhamma. — BUDDHA


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      February 10, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
      Whoever is resolved to live and inward and spiritual life must,
      with Jesus, withdraw from the crowd. — THOMAS à KEMPIS

      You are eternity’s hostage,
      A captive of time.
      — BORIS PASTERNAK


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      February 9, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
      Listen, ye Sons of the Earth, to your Instructors–the Sons of the Fire.
      Learn, there is neither first nor last, for all is One: Number issued from No
      Number. — STANZAS OF DZYAN

      He who gets there must have ceased to be a number and become all
      numbers. He must have forgotten the illusion of separation, and accept only the truth of collective individuality. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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      February 8, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Relationship and Solitude
      Every soul is centered in her intelligent part, where
      she is truly and most fully one; but because of her
      plurality she traverses a circle in her desire to embrace
      the Nous within herself. — PROCLUS

      To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion
      — all in one. — JOHN RUSKIN


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      January 31, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle

      Great Sound is silent:
      Great Form is shapeless.
      — LAO TZU

      They establish measure for Me, when I am boundless, location
      for Me, when I am Omnipresent. — DNYANESHWAR


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      February 6, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle
      We should hasten our return to the nature which is
      without color and without quality. — PORPHYRY

      Thou hast received nothing for thine own, and art nothing to all
      things; and all things are nothing to thee. — JAKOB BÖHME


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      February 5, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle
      Say not that It is One, as there can be no second, nothing other than That.
      There is neither uniqueness nor commonality, neither entity nor non-entity; this secondless One is neither void nor plenum.

      — SHANKARACHARYA


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      February 4, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle

      Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence
      and are nothing in themselves. — NAGARJUNA

      If you would swim on the bosom of the ocean of Truth,
      you must reduce yourself to a zero. — M.K. GANDHI


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      February 3, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle
      Appearances refute the extreme of existence,
      Voidness refutes the extreme of non-existence;
      When you understand the arising of cause and effect
      From the Profound View of Voidness,
      You are not captivated by either extreme.
      — TSONG-KHA-PA


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      February 2, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle

      Listen, ye Sons of the Earth, to your Instructors–the Sons of the Fire.
      Learn, there is neither first nor last, for all is One: Number issued from No
      Number. — STANZAS OF DZYAN

      He who gets there must have ceased to be a number and become all
      numbers. He must have forgotten the illusion of separation, and accept only the truth of collective individuality. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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      February 1, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Zero Principle

      Thou hast to study the voidness of the seeming full,
      the fullness of the seeming void.
      — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE

      Hold fast to that which has neither substance
      nor existence. — LIGHT ON THE PATH


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      January 31, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel

      The great cycle of the ages is renewed. Now Justice returns, returns the
      Golden Age; a new generation now descends from on high. — VIRGIL

      Follow the wheel of life; follow the wheel of duty to race and kin, to friend
      and foe, and close thy mind to pleasures as to pain.
      — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      January 30, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel
      Eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh
      meaning for every new social situation. — FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT

      Our difficulty arises through our effort to measure God by our
      little selves. And He eludes all measure. — M.K. GANDHI


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      January 29, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel
      It is impossible for infinite power and wisdom
      to fail as man faileth. — THOMAS PAINE

      My country is not yesterday. My country
      is tomorrow. — ROMAIN ROLLAND


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      January 28, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel

      Waves of sea, and ocean billows,
      Music from the many waters,
      Music from the whole creation,
      Oft have been my guide and master.
      — KALEVALA

      Their appearance and their work were as it were
      a wheel in the middle of a wheel. — EZEKIEL


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      January 27, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel
      Fortune, good night: smile once more; turn
      thy wheel. — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

      If everybody minded their own business, the world would go
      round a great deal faster than it does. — LEWIS CARROLL


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      January 26, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel
      Only, while turns the wheel invisible,
      No pause, no peace, no staying-place can be;
      Who mounts will fall, who falls may mount; the spokes
      Go round unceasingly!

      — SIR EDWIN ARNOLD


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      January 25, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Wheel
      The Lord of all beings dwelleth in the heart, O Arjuna, causing all creatures to revolve, as if mounted upon a wheel, by the power of maya.
      — SHRI KRISHNA

      The voice of Nature loudly cries,
      And many a message from the skies,
      That something in us never dies.
      — ROBERT BURNS


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      January 24, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word

      Better than a thousand utterances comprising words without sense is
      single word full of meaning, on hearing which one finds peace.

      — BUDDHA

      But if in prayer we join
      Our whole self to every word,
      All the secret meanings
      Enter the word of their own accord.
      — ZAWA’AT RIVASH

      AUM alone is the only Reality. That only which
      is dedicated to It counts. — M.K. GANDHI


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      January 23, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word
      If one but tell a thing well, it moves on with undying voice, and over the
      fruitful earth and across the sea goes the bright gleam of noble deeds ever
      unquenchable. — PINDAR

      The Word is the sole Truth, eternal and constant.
      All else fails, illusory, deceptive. — KABIR


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      January 22, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word
      No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the
      vantage-ground of truth. — FRANCIS BACON

      Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of this
      world all things are weighed by the false scale of custom.
      — GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON


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      January 22, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word
      No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the
      vantage-ground of truth. — FRANCIS BACON

      Truth is a gem that is found at a great depth; whilst on the surface of this
      world all things are weighed by the false scale of custom.
      — GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON


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      January 20, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word
      Let freedom ring. — MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

      Human beings have been endowed with reason, with the power to create, sothat they each can add to what they have been given.

      — ANTON CHEKHOV


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      January 19, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word
      I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical
      creation of Beauty. — EDGAR ALLAN POE

      A word to the wise is enough, and many words
      won’t fill a bushel. — BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


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      January 18, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Power of the Word

      The Sower soweth the word. — ST. MARK

      Not and act which is not a development and extension of the vivifying
      power of the WORD. — CLAUDE de SAINT-MARTIN


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      January 17, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

      That which makes for evil can be turned into that which makes for good;
      that which makes for destructiveness can be turned into that which makes for constructiveness; that which makes for separation and selfishness can be turned into that which makes for unity and selflessness.

      — ROBERT CROSBIE


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      January 16, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity
      In time Unity will perfect the spaces,
      And in Unity each one will attain himself.
      — EVANGELIUM VERITATIS

      And all real unity commences
      In consciousness of differences
      That have wants to satisfy
      And each a power to supply.
      — W.H. AUDEN


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      January 15, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity
      Harmony does not come through likeness. harmony comes from a balancing of diversities, and discord from any effort to make harmony by force. — W.Q. JUDGE

      We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love; we must meet
      physical force with soul force. — MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.


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      “. . . the essence of Theosophy is the perfect harmonizing of the divine with the human in man, the adjustment of his god-like qualities and aspirations, and their sway over the terrestrial or animal passions in him. Kindness, absence of every ill feeling or selfishness, charity, goodwill to all beings, and perfect justice to others as to oneself, are its chief features. He who teaches Theosophy preaches the gospel of goodwill; and the converse of this is true also — he who preaches the gospel of goodwill, teaches Theosophy.”

      — H.P. Blavatsky, Letters to the American Conventions


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      January 14, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

      When we look outside of that on which we depend, we ignore our unity;
      looking outward we see many faces; look inward and all is the one head.
      — PLOTINUS

      To affirm life is to deepen, to make more inward, and
      to exalt the will to live. — ALBERT SCHWEITZER


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      “The Secret Doctrine is the accumulated Wisdom of the Ages, and its cosmogony alone is the most stupendous and elaborate system: e.g., even in the exotericism of the Puranas. But such is the mysterious power of Occult symbolism, that the facts which have actually occupied countless generations of initiated seers and prophets to marshal, to set down and explain, in the bewildering series of evolutionary progress, are all recorded on a few pages of geometrical signs and glyphs. The flashing gaze of those seers has penetrated into the very kernel of matter, and recorded the soul of things there, where an ordinary profane, however learned, would have perceived but the external work of form. But modern science believes not in the “soul of things,” and hence will reject the whole system of ancient cosmogony. It is useless to say that the system in question is no fancy of one or several isolated individuals. That it is the uninterrupted record covering thousands of generations of Seers whose respective experiences were made to test and to verify the traditions passed orally by one early race to another, of the teachings of higher and exalted beings, who watched over the childhood of Humanity. That for long ages, the “Wise Men” of the Fifth Race, of the stock saved and rescued from the last cataclysm and shifting of continents, had passed their lives in learning, not teaching. How did they do so? It is answered: by checking, testing, and verifying in every department of nature the traditions of old by the independent visions of great adepts; i.e., men who have developed and perfected their physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual organisations to the utmost possible degree. No vision of one adept was accepted till it was checked and confirmed by the visions — so obtained as to stand as independent evidence — of other adepts, and by centuries of experiences.”

      — H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol I, pp. 272-73


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      January 12, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

      He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens
      our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. — EDMUND BURKE

      Polarity is universal, but the polariser lies in
      our own consciousness. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

      The harmony of nature consists in symphonious
      discord. — D.K. MAVALANKAR


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      January 11, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Unity and Polarity

      By the pure mind alone the Atman is to be seen. There is
      no duality in it. — BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

      The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervour with measure,
      passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal. — WILLIAM JAMES


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      January 3, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve

      Let us resolve one thing; resolve to know; think
      right, and do right. — ROBERT CROSBIE

      Good resolutions are mind-painted pictures of good
      deeds: fancies, day-dreams, whisperings of the Buddhi
      to the Manas. — MAHATMA K. H.


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      January 9, 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve
      Wherever a grass grows,
      Or a leaf buds, The Eternal Man is seen, is heard, is felt,
      And all his sorrows, till he reassumes his ancient bliss.
      — WILLIAM BLAKE


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      January 8, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve
      This will I do, who have a realm to lose,
      Because I love my realm, because my heart
      Beats with each throb of all the hearts that ache,
      Known and unknown, these that are mine and those
      Which shall be mine, a thousand million more
      Saved by this sacrifice I offer now.
      — SIR EDWIN ARNOLD


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      January 6, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

      Give me my robe, put on my crown, I have
      Immortal longings in me.
      — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

      All of us stand on the breach today. We are stationed at the
      frontier. The frontier is everywhere. — CHARLES PÉGUY


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      January 5, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
      AUM. Lead me from the unreal to the Real.
      Lead me from darkness to Light.
      Lead me from death to Immortality.
      — BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

      In longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and
      that longing is in all of you. — KAHLIL GIBRAN


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      January 3, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve

      Through faith in the Guru, the True Self is known. — GURU NANAK

      You cannot invoke the Divine Witness with impunity. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

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      January 4 , 2020 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Promethean Resolve

      We will take our plan
      From the new world of man,
      And our work shall be called the
      Promethean.
      — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

      If I have done the public any
      service, it is due to patient thought.
      — ISAAC NEWTON

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      January 3, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

      In nothing do men more nearly approach the gods
      than in doing good to their fellow men. — CICERO

      If we look into the future, is it not a heritage that we have to leave to
      posterity, that all the different races commingle and produce a civilization that perhaps the world has not yet seen? — M.K. GANDHI


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      January 2 , 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

      We will take our plan
      From the new world of man,
      And our work shall be called the Promethean.
      — PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

      You cannot build a Temple of Truth by hammering dead stones. Its
      foundations must precipitate themselves like crystals from the solution of life.— Aquarian Axiom


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      January 1, 2020 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
      Avert thy face from world deceptions; mistrust thy senses;
      they are false. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE

      If we begin to think aright, we give direction to that spiritual force
      which is the very essence of our nature. — ROBERT CROSBIE

      DRUID MISTLETOE FESTIVAL
      GANTAN-SAI (Shinto New Year)
      Discovery of Ceres asteroid (Piazzi) 1801
      Emancipation Proclamation (Lincoln) 1863


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      December 31, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

      He who is perfected in devotion findeth spiritual knowledge springing
      up spontaneously in himself in the progress of time. — SHRI KRISHNA

      The great and peaceful ones live regenerating the world
      like the coming of the Spring. — SHANKARACHARYA


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      December 30, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
      When Thou, my Expectation, are not near,
      Each moment is and age of grief and fear;
      But while I may behold and hear thee, all
      My days are glad, and life’s a festival.
      — AL-NURI

      Selfless work leads to self-knowledge. — SHRI RAMANA MAHARSHI


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      December 28, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak
      Through faith in the Guru, the True Self is known. — GURU NANAK

      You cannot invoke the Divine Witness with impunity. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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      December 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Guru Nanak

      Grasp, you cannot touch It,
      It is Non-Being.
      — TAO TE CHING

      Recognize the marks of the friend of humanity. — COUNT CAGLIOSTRO


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      December 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity
      The Sower soweth the Word. — ST. MARK

      Thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. — THOMAS GRAY


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      December 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity
      Even though myself unborn, of changeless essence, and
      the lord of all existence, yet in presiding over nature —
      which is mine — I am born but through my own maya, the
      mystic power of self-ideation, the eternal thought in the
      eternal mind. — SHRI KRISHNA

      As above so it is below, as in heaven
      so on earth. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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      December 24, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity

      You should come outside the realm of self
      And enter into the veil of Divine Unity.
      For when you go beyond asking when and why,
      Leaving the self, you enter without why and when.
      — MAS’UD BAKK

      The pursuit of perfection is the pursuit of sweetness
      and light. — MATTHEW ARNOLD


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      December 23, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity
      I bow to Thee, O Thou blissful SELF. I bow to Thee, O Secrets of secrets. Thou art beyond all thought and limitation. Thou art without beginning and without end. I bow to Thee. — MAITRAYANA UPANISHAD


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      December 22, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity

      There is a conscious solidarity of the universe towards the intuition of which we must struggle, that it may become to us, not a logical abstraction, but a felt and living fact. — EDWARD BELLAMY


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      December 21, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Religion of Solidarity

      Common be your wishes,
      Your hearts in concord,
      Your intentions in concord,
      Perfect be the union amongst you.
      — RIG VEDA


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      December 20, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy

      And, if thou canst not worship steadfastly,
      Work for Me, toil in works pleasing to Me.
      — SHRI KRISHNA

      If there is purification, consciousness is transferred from Upadhi to Upadhi, until at last it is united to that of Bhagavan.

      — BHAVANI SHANKAR


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      December 19, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
      Thus living from moment to moment, hour to hour, life will be seen as a portion of a great web of action and reaction, intermeshed at every point, and connected with the Soul which provided the energy that sustained it. If each event is so considered throughout the day, be it small or great, the power to guide and control your energies will in no long time be yours. — ROBERT CROSBIE

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      December 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
      As soon as the sun rises and engulfs heaven and earth in its golden rays, the flower becomes invisible; but hardly does the sun set, and the star, piercing a corner of the dark horizon, makes its appearance, than the flower hails it with joy, plays with its silvery rays, and absorbs with long breaths its mellow glow.
      — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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      December 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration

      Though earth and water have cast their veil upon us,
      We retain faint reminiscences of these heavenly songs.
      — JALALUDDIN RUMI

      All the wonders of Magic are performed by
      Imagination and Faith. — PARACELSUS


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      December 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration
      To be grateful in the world, and to wish happiness for everyone. This is greater and better than every good work. — DINA-I MAINOG-I KHIRAD

      Only Karuna (compassion) is critical in the beginning,
      the middle and the end. — TSONG KHA-PA


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      December 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration

      Alas! when once thou hast become like the pure snow in mountain vales, coldand unfeeling to the touch, warm and protective to the seed that sleepeth beneath its bosom — ’tis now that snow which must receive the biting frost, the northern blasts, thus shielding from their sharp and cruel tooth the earth that holds the promised harvest, the harvest that will feed the hungry.
      — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      December 14, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Regeneration

      Better than an unrestrained life of a hundred years of ignorance is the
      short life of a single day of the wise man who meditates. — BUDDHA

      Put without delay your Soul intentions into practice. — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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      December 13, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy

      He alone knows how to revere who never confounds the dignity of those he honours, who offers himself first as a pure sacrifice, who renders his soul the image of Deity and who prepares his mind as a temple worthy to receive the divine light.
      — HIEROCLES


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      December 12, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
      And as we cease to feel the need to assert our will over others, so, inwardly, we are less and less under the necessity of denying any of our faculties. We are free to let life, in all the subtle magic of its serenely changeful being, come to us through them. — HUGH I’ANSON FAUSSET


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      December 11, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
      As soon as the sun rises and engulfs heaven and earth in its golden rays, the flower becomes invisible; but hardly does the sun set, and the star, piercing a corner of the dark horizon, makes its appearance, than the flower hails it with joy, plays with its silvery rays, and absorbs with long breaths its mellow glow.
      — H.P. BLAVATSKY


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      December 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy

      True perception is true knowledge. Perception is the capacity of the soul; it is the sight of the higher intelligence whose vision never errs. And that can be best exercised in true serenity of mind. — D.K. MAVALANKAR


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      December 9, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
      The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul
      unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals. — KAHLIL GIBRAN

      The mind is its own place, and in itself
      Can make a Heav’n of Hell, a Hell of Heav’n.
      — JOHN MILTON


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      December 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
      In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; rejoice in it; and, as you can, try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off, like dead leaves when their time comes. — JOHN RUSKIN


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      December 7, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Imagination and Fantasy
      That low man seeks a little thing to do,
      Sees it and does it:
      This high man, with a great thing to pursue,
      Dies ere he knows it.
      — ROBERT BROWNING

      The moment of choice exists all the time for
      every individual. — ROBERT CROSBIE


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      From the writings of H. P. Blavatsky
      Definitions from the Theosophical Glossary
      Emanation, the Doctrine of. In its metaphysical meaning, it is opposed to Evolution, yet one with it. Science teaches that evolution is physiologically a mode of generation in which the germ that develops the foetus pre-exists already in the parent, the development and final form and characteristics of that germ being accomplished in nature; and that in cosmology the process takes place blindly through the correlation of the elements, and their various compounds. Occultism answers that this is only the apparent mode, the real process being Emanation, guided by intelligent Forces under an immutable Law. Therefore, while the Occultists and Theosophists believe thoroughly in the doctrine of Evolution as given out by Kapila and Manu, they are Emanationists rather than Evolutionists. The doctrine of Emanation was at one time universal. It was taught by the Alexandrian as well as by the Indian philosophers, by the Egyptian, the Chaldean and Hellenic Hierophants, and also by the Hebrews (in their Kabbala, and even in Genesis). For it is only owing to deliberate mistranslation that the Hebrew word asdt has been translated “angels” from the Septuagint, when it means Emanations, Æons, precisely as with the Gnostics. Indeed, in Deuteronomy (xxxiii., 2) the word asdt or ashdt is translated as” fiery law”, whilst the correct rendering of the passage should be “from his right hand went [not a fiery law, but] a fire according to law”; viz., that the fire of one flame is imparted to, and caught up by another like as in a trail of inflammable substance. This is precisely emanation. As shown in Isis Unveiled: “In Evolution, as it is now beginning to he understood, there is supposed to be in all matter an impulse to take on a higher form—a supposition clearly expressed by Manu and other Hindu philosophers of the highest antiquity. The philosopher’s tree illustrates it in the case of the zinc solution. The controversy between the followers of this school and the Emanationists may he briefly stated thus The Evolutionist stops all inquiry at the borders of “the Unknowable”; the Emanationist believes that nothing can be evolved—or, as the word means, unwombed or born—except it has first been involved, thus indicating that life is from a spiritual potency above the whole.”

      Evolution. The development of higher orders of animals from lower. As said in Isis Unveiled: “Modern Science holds but to a one-sided physical evolution, prudently avoiding and ignoring the higher or spiritual evolution, which would force our contemporaries to confess the superiority of the ancient philosophers and psychologists over themselves. The ancient sages, ascending to the unknowable, made their starting-point from the first manifestation of the unseen, the unavoidable, and, from a strictly logical reasoning, the absolutely necessary creative Being, the Demiurgos of the universe. Evolution began with them from pure spirit, which descending lower and lower down, assumed at last a visible and comprehensible form, and became matter. Arrived at this point, they speculated in the Darwinian method, but on a far more large and comprehensive basis.” (See “Emanation”.)

      Rings and Rounds. Terms employed by Theosophists in explanation of Eastern cosmogony. They are used to denote the various evolutionary cycles in the Elemental, Mineral, &c., Kingdoms, through which the Monad passes on any one globe, the term Round being used only to denote the cyclic passage of the Monad round the complete chain of seven globes. Generally speaking, Theosophists use the term ring as a synonym of cycles, whether cosmic, geological, metaphysical or any other.


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      It is written in an old book on the Occult Sciences: “Gupta Vidya (Secret Science) is an attractive sea, but stormy and full of rocks. The navigator who risks himself thereon, if he be not wise and full of experience, (1) will be swallowed up, wrecked upon one of the thousand submerged reefs. Great billows, in color like sapphires, rubies and emeralds, billows full of beauty and mystery, will overtake him, ready to bear the voyager away towards other and numberless lights that burn in every direction. But these are will-o’-the-wisps, lighted by the sons of Kaliya (2) for the destruction of those who thirst for life. Happy are they who remain blind to these false deceivers; more happy still those who never turn their eyes from the only true Beacon-light, whose eternal flame burns in solitude in the depths of the waters of the Sacred Science. Numberless are the pilgrims who desire to enter those waters; very few are the strong swimmers who reach the Light. He who gets there must have ceased to be a number, and have become all numbers. He must have forgotten the illusion of separation, and have accepted only the truth of collective individuality (3). He must see with the ears, hear with the eyes, (4) understand the language of the rainbow, and have concentrated his six senses in his seventh sense.”

      The Beacon Light of the Unknown: HPB


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      The ancient occult axiom, “Man, know thyself,” is familiar to all; but very few have apprehended the real meaning of the Delphic Oracle. We think we know our earthly pedigree when we have looked at the genealogical family-tree; science thinks it knows the physical pedigree of man and humanity, having traced his form from the protoplasm, and its growth from savagery. Neither the modern philosopher, nor the scientist, has traced the links of heredity, psychic, intellectual and spiritual; in the absence of that knowledge, it is not surprising and is very natural, that the modern estimate of the human form is altogether a mistaken one.

      For all practical purposes, either of self-growth or of altruistic service, such knowledge is absolutely requisite. The intimate connection between the body, mind-soul and spirit of man has to be perceived; for then only can follow the perception of the relationship, nay the identity, which subsists between him and the triple Universe of Spirit, Intelligence, and Matter. There is an indissoluble union between man and the universe. The two are but the dual aspects of the One Substance-Principle — Absoluteness in its non-manifested aspect and Eternal Motion of the Great Breath in manifestation.

      BP Wadia Studies in the Secret Doctrine: What is Man?


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      Friday
      December 6, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent

      If want, sorrow or pain come to one, why resist or cry out? In the resistance or war against them we create greater evils. Coming to one’s self, they should have little weight, while at the same time they carry invaluable lessons in their hands.
      — W.Q. JUDGE


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      December 4, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
      Life is built up by the sacrifice of the individual to the whole. Each cell in the living body must sacrifice itself to the perfection of the whole; when it is otherwise, disease and death enforce the lesson. — Aquarian Axiom

      The test of a jnani is whether his difficulties appear light
      to him. — 68th KANCHI SHANKARACHARYA


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      December 4, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
      Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
      Is our destined end or way;
      But to act, that each tomorrow
      Find us farther than today.
      — HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

      The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in
      us long before it happens. — RAINER MARIA RILKE


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      December 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent

      Does the road wind uphill all the way?
      Yes to the very end.
      Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?
      From morn to night, my friend.
      — CHRISTINA ROSSETTI


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      December 2, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
      Say not the struggle naught availeth,
      The labour and the wounds are vain,
      The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
      And as things have been, things remain.
      — ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH


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      December 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
      Have perseverance as one who doth for evermore endure. Thy shadows live and vanish; that which in thee shall live for ever, that which in thee knows, for it is knowledge, is not of fleeting life; it is the Man that was, that is, and will be, for whom the hour shall never strike.

      — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      November 30, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Suffering and Its Solvent
      As the sun never shows darkness to view, so the good
      man never exposes his shadow to sight. — VALMIKI

      Habit is habit, and not to be flung out of the window by any man,
      but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. — MARK TWAIN


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      November 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
      When insight is attained, the root of Pure Mind and the activity of the
      phenomenal world are manifest without obstacle, spontaneously showing forth the capability of all things pure and impure. — HUI-SSU

      Energy is eternal delight. — WILLIAM BLAKE


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      November 27, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
      Just as fire without fuel abides in its place,
      So the actionless mind abides in its source.
      Manas abides in its place when desire is true.
      — MAITRAYANA UPANISHAD

      In the mint of Truth, a man may coin the Word. — GURU NANAK


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      November 26, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart

      Mind thus poised and repeatedly searching,

      One gains a diamond-hard understanding,

      A weapon of one hundred unbreakable spikes,

      Which undoubtedly will destroy the mountain of ego.

      — LOSANG KALSANG GYATSO, VII DALAI LAMA


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      November 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckart
      A thought went up my mind today
      That I have had before,
      But did not finish, –some way back,
      I could not fix the year.
      — EMILY DICKINSON


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      November 24, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
      Voidness is free of assertions and negations. — TSONG KHA-PA

      We feel and know that we are eternal. — BENEDICT SPINOZA


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      November 23, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Meister Eckhart
      The action of the Centripetal Force keeps us to our gross forms. And if we have to etherealize ourselves we must supply the Centrifugal Force, which is our WILL. — D.K. MAVALANKAR


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      November 22, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna

      Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest conditions of life.
      — W. HENRY CHANNING


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      November 22, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna

      Grandeur of character lies wholly in force of soul, that is, in the force of thought, moral principle, and love, and this may be found in the humblest conditions of life.
      — W. HENRY CHANNING


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      November 21, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
      Their bliss they find in others’ bliss alone:
      And all unknowingly
      They hand to other men the draught immortal.
      — TUKARAM

      Beauty is the depth of the soul. — Sufi Saying


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      November 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
      The fair tree of thought without hint of duality
      Branches forth through the three worlds.
      It bears the flower and the fruit of compassion,
      And its name is ‘service of others’.
      — DOHAKOSA

      Real harmony comes with the understanding of human nature and
      the human promise. — TENZIN GYATSO, XIV DALAI LAMA


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      November 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
      The fair tree of thought without hint of duality
      Branches forth through the three worlds.
      It bears the flower and the fruit of compassion,
      And its name is ‘service of others’.
      — DOHAKOSA

      Real harmony comes with the understanding of human nature and
      the human promise. — TENZIN GYATSO, XIV DALAI LAMA


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      November 19, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna

      With sense-objects gone, Bodhi is perfect and pellucid.
      In pristine purity, its illumination suffuses all,
      And its shining stillness enfolds the great void.
      — SURANGAMA SUTRA


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      November 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
      He who gets there must have ceased to be a number, and have become all
      numbers. He must have forgotten the illusion of separation, and accept only thetruth of collective individuality. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

      Magic is the greatest secrecy, for it is above Nature and makes
      Nature after the form of its will. — JACOB BOEHME


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      November 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Prajna and Karuna
      We must not run after it, but fit ourselves for the vision and then wait
      tranquilly for its appearance, as the eye waits on the rising of the sun, which in its own time appears above the horizon–out of the ocean, as the poets say–and gives itself to our sight. — PLOTINIUS


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      November 15, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

      Reason is in us what the sun is in the world…As long as our mind shines
      brightly and pursues its appointed course, pouring its noontide beams into every part of the soul, we are within our sober selves and not possessed, but when it comes to set, it is not surprising that the ecstasy and madness of divine possession should fall upon us. — PHILO JUDAEUS


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      November 14, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Trident
      When your task is ended, resume your toil, and
      seek your Lord with all fervour. — QU’RAN

      Those wishing to contemplate withdraw from the public
      light into privacy. — ALBERTUS MAGNUS


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      November 13, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident
      Thou art the Creator and the Protector,
      And the Helmsman,
      Who steers my bark across the sea of life.
      — MIRA


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      November 12, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

      Thus is devotion the potent power that leads to and makes possible the utter self-renunciation and self-surrender which are the only means for receiving spiritual illumination. — BHAVANI SHANKAR


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      The name of the third Hall is Wisdom, beyond which stretch the shoreless waters of AKṢARA, the indestructible Fount of Omniscience.19

      If thou would’st cross the first Hall safely, let not thy mind mistake the fires of lust that burn therein for the Sunlight of life.

      If thou would’st cross the second safely, stop not the fragrance of its stupefying blossoms to inhale. If {7} freed thou would’st be from the Karmic chains, seek not for thy Guru in those Māyāvic regions.

      The WISE ONES tarry not in pleasure-grounds of senses.

      The WISE ONES heed not the sweet-tongued voices of illusion.


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      “By pursuing the subject we may discover that the Law of Cycles rules every phenomenal experience in the world around us, that it governs even our states of passing happiness or misery, and rules also what men call life and death. Thus the continuous growth of Nature and of all beings is divided and punctuated by successive periods of rest and activity, or, to express it more completely, by rounds of birth, growth, subsidence and rest.”

      — C.W., from the article The Laws of Cycles


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      November 11, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

      Restrain the self, regulate the breath,
      Sift the transient from the true.
      — SHANKARACHARYA


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      November 10, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

      For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. — ST. PAUL


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      November 9, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Trident

      To be, or not to be; that is the question. — WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE


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      November 8, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

      When I identify myself with the body, O Lord, I am Thy creature, eternally
      separate from Thee. When I identify myself with the soul, I am a spark of that Divine Fire which Thou art. But when I identify myself with Atman, I and Thou art one. — HANUMAN to SHRI RAMA


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      November 7, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras
      I have given up the world
      And all it stands for.
      I have rent my veil of many colours
      And walk in sackcloth now.
      — MIRA


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      November 6, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras
      A man faced with his own immensity
      Wakes all the waves, all their loose wandering fire.
      The murmur of the absolute, the why
      Of being born fails on his naked ears.
      — THEODORE ROETHKE


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      November 5, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

      Devotion is the skilled charioteer, selflessness the shield, contentment the sword, charity the axe, intelligence the mighty bolt, the elevated mind is the awesome bow. A heart, pure, and unruffled, is the quiver, whilst the arrows are equality, disciplined life and self-control. — TULSIDAS


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      November 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras
      Be like the Ocean which receives all streams and rivers. The Ocean’s mighty calm remains unmoved; it feels them not. Restrain by thy Divine thy lower Self. Restrain by the Eternal the Divine. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      November 3, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

      The wonderous voice of Kwan-Yin,
      The Brahma-voice, voice of the sweeping tide,
      Surpassing the sounds of the world,
      Is to be held firm in the mind
      Unaccompanied by even the shadow of doubt.
      — KWAN-YIN SUTRA


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      November 2, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Yoga Sutras

      Concentration, or Yoga, is the hindering of the modifications
      of the thinking principle. — PATANJALI

      Observe this simple counsel of perfection: foresake all, and you shall find all.Renounce desire, and you shall find peace. Give this due thought and when you have put it into practice, you will understand all things.
      — THOMAS a KEMPIS


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      October 31, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta
      Call the world if you please ‘The vale of Soul-making’. — JOHN KEATS

      Man should study in three schools…He should send the elemental or material body to the elemental school, the sidereal or etheral body to the sidereal school, and the eternal or luminous body to the school of eternity.
      — PICO della MIRANDOLA


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      October 30, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta
      The mind, as it exerts all its powers to the limit of
      human capacity, is flooded with light. — PLATO

      Never did eye see the sun unless it had first become sun-like, and never can the soul have vision of the First Beauty unless itself be beautiful.

      — PLOTINUS


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      October 27, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta

      Own little and be replete.
      Own much and be restless.
      Therefore the Sage embraces the ONE
      And sets an example for the whole world.
      — TAO TE CHING

      The appearance of the Tathagatas in the world is for the benefit of all beings; out of a great compassionate heart they turn the wheel of the Dharma.
      — GANDAVYHUA SUTRA


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      October 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Jivanmukta

      Oh! the wonderous splendour beneath the Banyan Tree: there sits Gurudeva, a youth; the disciples are elders; the Teaching is Silence, and all doubts are dispelled.
      — DAKSHINAMURTI STOTRA


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      October 29, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

      Of chief importance for practice and insight
      Is your Guru’s overbrooding influence.
      This is conditioned by your attitude and conviction,
      So approach him with one-pointed mind.
      — LOSANG KALSANG GYATSO, VII DALAI LAMA


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      Oh! the wonderous splendour beneath the Banyan Tree: there sits Gurudeva, a youth; the disciples are elders; the Teaching is Silence, and all doubts are dispelled.
      — DAKSHINAMURTI STOTRA


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      Friday
      October 25, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

      Now, I behold as in a mirror, in an icon, in a
      riddle, life eternal. — NICHOLAS of CUSA

      You can never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens, and crowned with the stars.
      — THOMAS TRAHERNE


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      Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

      Meditate upon altruism and compassion.
      Draw in your mind, centering it in compassion.
      Guide your attention with mindfulness,
      Holding it within compassion.
      — LOSANG KALSANG GYATSO, VII DALAI LAMA


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      October 23, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma
      Let contentment be thine earrings,
      Modesty thy begging bowl;
      Smear thy body with ashes of meditation.
      — GURU NANAK


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      October 22, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

      The gracious stillness, the awareness
      All-transcendent, is the state
      Supreme experienced by the great.
      — SHRI MURUGANAR


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      Let there be no negligence in your devotion.
      — SHANKARACHARYA

      The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions.
      — SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE


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      Studies in the Secret Doctrine:
      The Law of Sacrifice

      Sacrifice is a much misunderstood word. Its association with religious and ascetic notions has given it a wrong significance. In the East the conception has deteriorated till yagna or yajna for some is akin to animal-sacrifice at the altar of the gods; for others, sundry ritualistic performances. In Christendom “the sacrifice of Christ who died on the Cross for our salvation,” with its attendant vicious belief in vicarious atonement, is the corrupted expression of a sublime truth known to the world centuries before the Christian era. What the significance of Yagna-Sacrifice is for the student of the esoteric philosophy can well be gathered from the Note on Yajna in H. P. Blavatsky’s Theosophical Glossary.


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      Three Halls, O weary pilgrim, lead to the end of toils. Three Halls, O conqueror of Māra, will bring thee through three states14 into the fourth,15 and thence into the seven worlds,16 the worlds of Rest Eternal.

      If thou would’st learn their names, then hearken, and remember. {6}

      The name of the first Hall is IGNORANCE—Avidyā.

      It is the Hall in which thou saw’st the light, in which thou livest and shalt die.17

      The name of Hall the second is the Hall of Learning.A In it thy Soul will find the blossoms
      of life, but under every flower a serpent coiled.


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      “By the study of this Law of Cycles we learn that natural progress of all kinds does not occur in one steady stream, like the rush of a railway train on a straight track, but on the contrary, it proceeds by a spiral or screw-like course, in which the same points are successively and continually reached on higher circles of existence. It might, perhaps, be compared to the flight of an eagle, which soars upward in circles one above the other, until lost to sight in the vault of heaven. An onlooker would apparently see a periodic return to nearly the same place, but it is clear that the soaring bird occupies a more distant position on every turn of the circle in its spiral flight upward.

      “These cyclic periods are so well defined in our everyday experience, that we are apt to pass them by, without recognizing their importance. Every day is a cycle, in which we pursue almost the same round of duty, and every day is followed by a night or period of rest in which the circle of twenty-four hours is rounded off and completed. Month by month, in a larger cycle we find similar occurrences in our business and home circles. Year by year we follow the same round of occurrences in Nature, so that spring, summer, autumn and winter promote the well-being of each other, and minister to the perfect whole of which they form successive phases. All these are well known to us, but because by habit we have grown familiar with them, we fail to perceive that herein lies a great secret of the world’s advancement.

      “By pursuing the subject we may discover that the Law of Cycles rules every phenomenal experience in the world around us, that it governs even our states of passing happiness or misery, and rules also what men call life and death. Thus the continuous growth of Nature and of all beings is divided and punctuated by successive periods of rest and activity, or, to express it more completely, by rounds of birth, growth, subsidence and rest.”

      — C.W., from the article The Laws of Cycles


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      October 20, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Manasadharma

      When we love we live those values which previously were largely theoretical and so our lives become representative of our souls; then it is that we are amazed to discover the countless, invisible ties uniting ourselves with others and then we become aware of the spiritual brotherhood of man and so realize that no man lives unto himself alone. — CLAUDE HOUGHTON


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      October 19, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Manasdharma

      The divine nature cannot immediately communicate with what is human, but all that intercourse and converse which is conceded by the gods to men, both whilst they sleep and when they wake, subsists through the intervention of Love.
      — PLATO


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      October 18, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing

      Every situation ought to be used as a means. — W.Q. JUDGE

      Every problem would lend itself to a solution if we are determined to make the law of truth and non-violence the law of life. — M.K. GANDHI


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      October 17, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness
      Love is watchful, and whilst resting never sleeps; weary, it is never exhausted; imprisoned, it is never in bonds; alarmed,it is never afraid; like a living flame and a burning torch, it surges upward and surely surmounts every obstacle.
      — THOMAS à KEMPIS


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      October 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness
      As Shiva is all and ominpresent,
      Everywhere is Shiva’s gracious dance made manifest.
      — TIRUMALAR

      Hast though attuned thy heart and mind to the great mind and
      heart of all mankind? — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      October 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

      I feel again a spark of that ancient flame. — VIRGIL

      I know the far-sent message of the years, I feel the coming glory
      of the Light. — EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON


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      October 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

      Therefore to whom turn I but to thee, the ineffable Name? Builder and maker, thou, of houses not made with hands! What, have fear of change from thee who art ever the same? — ROBERT BROWNING


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      October 13, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

      Spiritual culture is attained through concentration. It must be continued
      daily and every moment to be of use. — H.P. BLAVATSKY

      To transform ourselves into the steady-burning Flame of the Nachiketas
      Fire; that is the task that lies before us. — B.P. WADIA


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      October 12, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Continuity of Consciousness

      Whosoever has found and understood the Self that has entered this patched-up hiding place, he indeed is the creator, for he is the maker of everything, his is the world, and he is the world itself.

      — BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD

      What is found in the effect was already in the cause. — HENRI BERGSON


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      October 11, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing

      Thou must be true thyself,
      If thou the truth wouldst teach;
      Thy soul must overflow If thou
      Another’s soul wouldst reach.
      — BONAR

      To obtain the knowledge of Self is a greater achievement than to command the elements or to know the future. — Aquarian Axioms


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      October 10, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
      For the soul, the Good is its own natural act. — PLOTINUS

      God has furnished us with constant occasions of bearing one another’s burdens. For there is no man living without his failings; no man that is so happy as never to give offense; no man without his load of trouble; no man so sufficient as never to need assistance. — THOMAS à KEMPIS


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      October 9, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
      He shall be like a tree planted by streams of water,
      That yieldeth its fruit in its season,
      And whose leaf doth not wither.
      — PSALMS

      Patience, and shuffle the cards. — MIGUEL de CERVANTES


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      October 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing

      Everything that a man accomplishes or does, that he teaches or wants to learn, must have its right proportion; it must follow its own line and remain within its circle, to the end that a balance be preserved, that there be no crooked thing, that nothing exceed the circle.

      — PICO della MIRANDOLA


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      October 8, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
      My time on earth
      Is borrowed.
      — NAHAUATL SHAMAN

      Clarity is gained through breadth. — NIELS BOHR


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      October 6, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
      If for the sake of this great prize
      Thou wilt not give thyself, with all thou hast and art
      Then cease to prate of goodness.
      — TUKARAM

      Self-knowledge is of loving deeds the child. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      October 5, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Self-Testing
      Some men a forward motion love,
      But I by backward steps would move;
      And when this dust falls to the urn,
      In that state I came, return.
      — HENRY VAUGHAN


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      Oct. 4, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

      Man’s freedom is never in being saved troubles, but it is the freedom to take trouble for his own good, to make the trouble an element in his joy. It can be made so only when we realize that our individual self is not the highest meaning of our being, that in us we have the world-man who is immortal, who is not afraid of death or sufferings, and who looks upon pain as only the other side of joy.
      — RABINDRANATH TAGORE


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      October 3, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
      Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither
      anxiety nor doubt. — FRANCIS of ASSISI

      A lifetime may be needed merely to gain the virtues which annul
      the errors of man’s preceding life. — HONORÉ de BALZAC


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      October 2, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
      Ideals must work in practice, otherwise they are not potent.

      — M. K. GANDHI

      Only through time time is conquered. — T. S. ELIOT


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      October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

      In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

      Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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      October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

      In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

      Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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      October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

      In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

      Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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      October 1, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus

      In truth only those are alive who have escaped the bondage of the flesh as froma prison, while that which you call life is in reality death. — CICERO

      Man is like a star wrapped in a cloud. — MARSILIO FICINO


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      September 29, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
      Just get rid
      Of that small mind
      That is called ‘self’,
      And there is nothing in the universe
      That can harm or hinder you.
      — SENGTSAN


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      September 28, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
      How shall he follow the unknown?
      How shall he find it, and when found
      How shall he know it? Did the soul
      Once see the universal mind,
      And know the part, and know the whole?
      — BOETHIUS


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      September 29, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Paracelsus
      The spirit is the master, imagination the tool, and
      the body the plastic material. — PARACELSUS

      An eternal love is within and around him, pressing upon him and sustaining with infinite tenderness his body, his soul and his spirit.
      — GEORGE WILLIAM RUSSELL


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      September 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence
      The act of supplication removes earthly desires from the heart, as
      polishing removes dust from the mirror. — ABBAS EFFENDI

      If the Sun and Moon should doubt,
      They’d immediately go out.
      — WILLIAM BLAKE


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      September 26, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence
      The act of supplication removes earthly desires from the heart, as
      polishing removes dust from the mirror. — ABBAS EFFENDI

      If the Sun and Moon should doubt,
      They’d immediately go out.
      — WILLIAM BLAKE


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      September 25, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

      God dwells wherever man lets him in. — Hasidic Saying

      There is a natural melody, an obscure fount in every human heart. It may be hidden over and utterly concealed and silenced — but it is there. At the very base of your nature you will find faith, hope and love.

      — LIGHT ON THE PATH


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      September 24, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

      A man comes into possession of creative power by uniting
      his own mind with the Universal Mind. — PARACELSUS

      Holy Mountain Spirit, leader of the Mountain Spirits,
      I am happy over your words,
      You are happy over my words.
      — Apache Chant


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      September 23, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence
      There is a flame within me that has stood
      Unmoved, untroubled through a mist of years,
      Knowing nor love nor laughter, hope nor fears.
      — JOHN SPENCER MUIRHEAD


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      SD ii pages 411-413

      This is the real CURSE from the physiological standpoint, almost the only one touched upon in the Kabalistic esotericism. Viewed from this aspect, the curse is undeniable, for it is evident. The intellectual evolution, in its progress hand-in-hand with the physical, has certainly been a curse instead of a blessing — a gift quickened by the “Lords of Wisdom,” who have poured on the human manas the fresh dew of their own spirit and essence. The divine Titan has then suffered in vain; and one feels inclined to regret his benefaction to mankind, and sigh for those days so graphically depicted by Æschylus, in his “Prometheus Bound,” when, at the close of the first Titanic age (the age that followed that of ethereal man, of the pious Kandu and Pramlocha), nascent, physical mankind, still mindless and (physiologically) senseless, is described as —

      “Seeing, they saw in vain;
      Hearing, they heard not; but like shapes in dreams,
      Through the long time all things at random mixed.”

      Our Saviours, the Agnishwatta and other divine “Sons of the Flame of Wisdom” (personified by the Greeks in Prometheus ‡ ), may well, in
      the injustice of the human heart, be left unrecognized and unthanked. They may, in our ignorance of the truth, be indirectly cursed for Pandora’s gift: but to find themselves proclaimed and declared by the mouth of the clergy, the EVIL ONES, is too heavy a Karma for “Him” “who dared alone “— when Zeus “ardently desired” to quench the entire human race — to save “that mortal race” from perdition, or, as the suffering Titan is made to say: —

      “From sinking blasted down to Hades’ gloom.
      For this by the dire tortures I am bent,
      Grievous to suffer, piteous to behold,
      I who did mortals pity! . . . . ”

      The chorus remarking very pertinently: —

      “Vast boon was this thou gavest unto mortals . . . .”

      Prometheus answers: —

      “Yea, and besides ’twas I that gave them fire.
      CHORUS: Have now these short-lived creatures flame-eyed fire?
      PROM.: Ay, and by it full many arts will learn. . . . . ”

      But, with the arts, the fire received has turned into the greatest curse: the animal element, and consciousness of its possession, has changed periodical instinct into chronic animalism and sensuality.* It is this which hangs over humanity like a heavy funereal pall. Thus arises the responsibility of free-will; the Titanic passions which represent humanity in its darkest aspect; “the restless insatiability of the lower passions and desires, when, with self-asserting insolence, they bid defiance to the restraints of law.” †

      Prometheus having endowed man, according to Plato’s “Protagoras,” with that “wisdom which ministers to physical well-being,” but the lower aspect of manas of the animal (Kama) having remained unchanged,instead of “an untainted mind, heaven’s first gift” (Æschylus), there was created the eternal vulture of the ever unsatisfied desire, of regret and despair coupled with “the dreamlike feebleness that fetters the blind race of mortals” (p. 556), unto the day when Prometheus is released by his heaven-appointed deliverer, Herakles.

      Now Christians — Roman Catholics especially — have tried to prophetically connect this drama with the coming of Christ. No greater mistake could be made. The true theosophist, the pursuer of divine wisdom and worshipper of ABSOLUTE perfection — the unknown deity which is neither Zeus nor Jehovah — will demur to such an idea. Pointing to antiquity he will prove that there never was an original sin, but only an abuse of physical intelligence — the psychic being guided by the animal, and both putting out the light of the spiritual. He will say, “All ye who can read between the lines, study ancient wisdom in the old dramas — the Indian and the Greek; read carefully the one just mentioned, one enacted on the theatres of Athens 2,400 years ago, namely ‘Prometheus Bound’ ” The myth belongs to neither Hesiod nor Æschylus; but, as Bunsen says, it “is older than the Hellenes themselves,” for it belongs, in truth, to the dawn of human consciousness. The Crucified Titan is the personified symbol of the collective Logos, the “Host,” and of the “Lords of Wisdom” or the HEAVENLY MAN, who incarnated in Humanity.


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      Next section:

      Bestride the Bird of Life, if thou would’st know

      Give up thy life, if thou would’st live.


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      WQJ Cycles and Cyclic Law

      Now, that the law of cycles does prevail in the world must be very evident if you will reflect for a few moments. The first cycle I would draw your attention to is the daily cycle, when the sun rises in the morning and sets at night, returning again next morning, you following the sun, rising in the morning and at night going to sleep again, at night almost appearing dead, but the next morning awaking to life once more. That is the first cycle. You can see at once that there are therefore in a mans life just as many cycles of that kind as there are days in his life. The next is the monthly cycle, when the moon, changing every 28 days, marks the month. We have months running to more days, but that is only for convenience, to avoid change in the year. The moon gives the month and marks the monthly cycle.

      The next is the yearly cycle. The great luminary, the great mover of all, returns again to a point from whence he started. The next great cycle to which I would draw your attention, now we have come to the sun—it is held by science and is provable I think by other arguments the next cycle is that the sun, while stationary to us, is in fact moving through space in an enormous orbit which we can not measure. As he moves he draws the earth and the planets as they wheel about him. We may say, then, this is another great cycle. It appears reasonable that, as the sun is moving through that great cycle, he must draw the earth into spaces and places and points in space where the earth has never been before, and that it must happen that the earth shall come now and then into some place where the conditions are different and that it may be changed in a moment, as it were, for to the eye of the soul a thousand years are but a moment, when everything will be different. That is one aspect of cyclic doctrine, that the sun is drawing the earth in a great orbit of his own and is causing the earth to be changed in its nature by reason of the new atomic spaces into which it is taken.


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      September 22, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

      Quiescence is a form of humility. — LAO TZU

      The real cause of bondage is non-discrimination or misunderstanding the
      nature of the Soul and the body, and not finding the true purpose of life. Just asdarkness is removed by its natural opposite, light, so non-discrimination is removed by true discrimination. — KAPILA


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      September 21, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: Mental Quiescence

      Generation and corruption are only transformations
      from the little to the great, and vice versa.
      — WILHELM von LEIBNIZ

      Mind is like a mirror; it gathers dust while it reflects. It
      needs the gentle breezes of Soul-Wisdom to brush away the
      dust of our illusions. — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      September 20, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man

      All Nature is but art, unknown to thee;
      All chance, direction, which thou canst not see;
      All discord, harmony not understood;
      All partial evil, universal good.
      — ALEXANDER POPE


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      September 19, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
      I am dancing, dancing earnestly to the Great Spirit
      And dance and dance till I can dance no more.
      — Potawatomi Chant

      Both action and inaction may find room in thee, thy body agitated, thy mind tranquil, thy Soul as limpid as a mountain lake.
      — THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE


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      September 18, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
      As the pupil is within the eye itself,
      So is the Lord within thy body;
      But fools know not this simple fact,
      And search for Him elsewhere.
      — KABIR

      The whole nature of man must be used wisely by the one
      who desires to enter the way. — LIGHT ON THE PATH


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      September 17, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man

      Thou shalt have the power to degenerate into the lower forms of life, which are brutish. Thou shalt have the power, out of thy soul’s judgement, to be reborn into the higher forms, which are divine. — PICO della MIRANDOLA


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      September 16, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
      For most of us, this is the aim
      Never here to be realized;
      Who are only undefeated
      Because we have gone on trying.
      — T. S. ELIOT


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      September 15, 2019 Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
      A great flame follows a little spark. — DANTE ALIGHIERI

      One must have spiritual ears, not the ears of the body.
      Close the head’s ears to jesting and falsehood,
      That you may see the resplendent city of the soul.
      — JALALUDDIN RUMI


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      September 14, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Hero in Man
      A great flame follows a little spark. — DANTE ALIGHIERI

      One must have spiritual ears, not the ears of the body.
      Close the head’s ears to jesting and falsehood,
      That you may see the resplendent city of the soul.
      — JALALUDDIN RUMI


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      September 13, 2019 Weekly Theme for Contemplation: The Pledge of Kwan-Yin

      Once more we are lightened of our burden, through virtue become spiritual, and move through Spiritual Wisdom to the Supreme.

      — PLOTINUS

      To be formidable, be united. — ERASMUS

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